The voting phase for community boost _ r challenge projects is now closed. We are delighted to present the jury members who within the next 24 hours will evaluate the submitted projects and announce seven finalists that will participate in the code sprint organized during the weekend of June 15-16. During the 48-hour code sprints the finalist teams will be paired with technologists and develop the beta version of their platforms, sites and/or applications and make them ready for launch right after the code sprint. After code sprint another round of public voting will follow and three best developed projects will be chosen to receive a grant of $5000 and tech support to ensure a successful start to their project.
Kushtrim Xhakli is a recognized entrepreneur with a high passion for innovation and market disruption, known for starting companies from scratch and managing to bring a range of new technologies into challenging environments. He is co-founder of Changers.com, a Berlin based company that develops innovative solar device which makes eco friendly behavior measurable and rewarding. Also founding partner of Fast Europe Ventures LLC and Board Member of IPKO Foundation.
An experienced manager with a strong entrepreneurial and marketing background in the Digital Industry. One of the key persons behind the establishment of the first business incubator in Kosovo, Innovation Centre Kosovo, working directly with startups, entrepreneurs and professionals.
Originally from the U.S., Nicole has lived and worked with non-governmental organizations in Kosovo for nearly a decade. A researcher, writer, and gender equality activist she has co/authored six influential reports dealing with gender equality, domestic violence and women’s participation in decision-making processes, informing important policy changes in Kosovo. She also wrote a manuscript documenting the history of Kosovar women in civil society (1980-2005), a version of which was published by the Kosvar Gender Studies Centre, entitled History is Herstory, too (2008). At present, Nicole is the Program Manager and Lead Researcher at the Kosova Women’s Network, where she has served periodically for almost nine years. Nicole also consults for international organizations in Kosovo, Albania, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. She possesses an MSc in Social Research from the London School of Economics.
Aliriza Arënliu, is Professor Assistant at Department of Psychology at University of Prishtina since 2001 and holds a PhD degree in psychology from Ludwig Maxmillian University at Munich. His research work and interests focus in risk and protective factors associated with suicide behavior among adolescents, personality factor structure focusing on psycholexical study of personality, emotions and posttraumatic growth. Additionally Aliriza Arënliu works as a free lance consultant on research projects mainly opinion polls and evaluation of projects. Until 2008 Mr. Arënliu has worked as National Professional Officer on mental health issues at World Health Organization office in Prishtina. Aliriza Arwnliu was also executive director of Dokufest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Prizren, Kosovo. Dokufest is the largest cultural event in Kosovo that takes place every summer. Besides the festival the organization runs project that focus on usage of documentaries as educational materials on various social and political issues.